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Mick Jagger has kept himself busy in lockdown, despite the Rolling Stones tour being postponed. While the tour has not been rescheduled yet, Sir Mick has made sure to give his fans new music, even without his bandmates. He has just released his latest track, Eazy Sleazy, with the help of an unlikely source: Dave Grohl.
Sir Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl’s relationship started by chance when they were both booked to perform on Saturday Night Live.
Sir Mick was hosting the 2012 episode of the show, and according to Dave’s recollection, the Foo Fighters were called in by SNL producer Lorne Michael’s to be backing players for the host.
Dave told Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich on the It’s Electric radio show: “We soundchecked or whatever, flew over, did a two-and-a-half–hour gig and flew back and jammed with them.
“And then since it was the season finale, they were having a party out in that square with the ice rink right next door or whatever and they’re like, ‘Would [Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins’ cover band] Chevy Metal play the party?’ So we’re like, ‘Yeah.’
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“We said to Mick, ‘Hey, would you wanna come up and maybe do “Bitch” with us?’
“And he was like, ‘Yeah, we’ll see how it feels.’ And then the party starts and we see him and we’re like, ‘Pleeeease, Mick Jagger,’ and he came up and did ‘Bitch’ and it was amazing.
“He was so on it and the audience was like, ‘Oh, my God,’ and we just go straight into ‘Miss You’ to make sure he doesn’t leave the stage and it was nuts because you don’t realize how Mick – he’s super cool. He’s a great guy.”
According to Sir Mick, the pair ‘kept in touch’ and when he had an idea for a song, Dave was the first person he called.
Sir Mick told BBC 6 Music: “We played together on Saturday Night Live. We did a couple of Stones tunes together, you know, we’ve kind of kept in touch.
“I really like his style. You know who Charlie [Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer] is when you hear him, and you know who Dave is when you hear him.
“His definite personality comes through… And he’s kind of really rocky and lots of energy which I like.
“And I said, ‘Well what do you think, would you like to do something?’
“And he said, ‘Send me a song,’ and he said, ‘OK I’m going in tomorrow, I love it.’ So he just did like straight away you know!”
On the song, Eazy Sleazy, Sir Mick takes a rather comedic look at our current situation as we come out of the coronavirus lockdown.
Speaking on Twitter, he said: “I wanted to share this song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism…
“Thank you to Dave Grohl @foofighters for jumping on drums, bass and guitar, it was a lot of fun working with you on this-hope you all enjoy Eazy Sleazy!”
The lyrics poke fun at some of the things we have been hearing regularly, talking about ‘the numbers’ of COVID deaths and the cancellation of tours and events.
The song also references ‘football’s fake applause’ due to the lack of spectators in stadiums, Zoom calls and even calls out anti-vaxxers.
The lyrics about those against the vaccination read: “Shooting the vaccine/Bill Gates is in my bloodstream/It’s mind control/The earth is flat and cold.”
Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl’s new song Eazy Sleazy is out now
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